April 23, 2021
Dear Network Members and Colleagues,
We would like to share with you the latest APLN commentary, Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004): Significance and Gaps by Professor Masahiko Asada of International Law at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Law.
On 28 April 2004, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution 1540, a measure aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, their means of delivery, and related materials. The resolution filled a gap in international law by addressing the risk that terrorists might obtain, proliferate, or use weapons of mass destruction.
With committee reviews having been delayed due to COVID-19, Professor Asada assesses the significance and relevance of Resolution 1540 ahead of the renewal of the committee’s mandate on 25 April 2021.